NOMADIC FLANEUR

Dearest ella and suse,

I love what you do. my question is...I am a nomadic flâneur who roams around the world looking for a hOMe which suits my heart frequency, and even though every place feels like home, no place can ever be one.

I do, however, feel the need to settle somewhere and expand my roots, my relationships, my career. yet no place feels quite right and I can't find within me the strength to build those foundations anywhere.
Is there a cure for this soul ailment?
Dear Flaneur,
We love your nomadic complexity, and understand your need to put roots down at last. You need to remember of course, that home can be anywhere, and while we are in danger of prescribing Tove Janson’s Moomin books too frequently, we urge you to remember Snufkin. If you don’t know him yet, seek him out. Meanwhile, settle down for a longer read with A House for Mister Biswas, possibly Naipaul’s greatest book. In this vivid, teeming, tropical novel, Biswas struggles with his own need to put down roots and make a name for himself, as well as a place for himself, in the world. Go with him into various jobs, relationships and abodes of one sort or another, in his case all in Trinidad, but applicable to any nomadic wanderer to wherever they find themselves in the world. As he matures, you will see how Biswas does indeed forge his identity, and find a place to grow his own way of life.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - Comet in Moominland by Tove Janson
A House for Mister Biswas by V S Naipaul
  • thank you so much, this is amazing!

    By andré blas on 14 Jun 2015

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